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Microsoft Postpones Controversial AI Recall Feature on New Windows Computers

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Next week, new laptops pre-installed with Microsoft Windows will ship to customers without a flagship feature called Recall, which has sparked concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had unveiled the Recall feature at a showcase event last month, positioning it as a significant advancement towards artificial intelligence capable of understanding and anticipating user intentions based on their virtual activities.

“Computers are evolving to not only comprehend us but also predict our desires and intentions,” Nadella remarked in May.

However, on Thursday, Microsoft announced a delay in the broad release of Recall, originally set to accompany new PCs starting Tuesday. Instead, the feature will first undergo testing with a smaller group of users within the Windows Insider software testing program. According to Pavan Davaluri, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows and devices, this approach aims to ensure that Recall meets rigorous standards for quality and security.

At its recent Build event, Microsoft introduced a new category of AI-enabled personal computers, amidst increasing competition from major tech rivals. These computers, equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system, will be available from partners like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Microsoft’s own Surface line.